Waismann's Critique of Wittgenstein

Analysis and Metaphysics 6 (2007):263-272 (2007)
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Anthony Birch
CUNY Graduate Center (PhD)
Abstract
Friedrich Waismann, a little-known mathematician and onetime student of Wittgenstein's, provides answers to problems that vexed Wittgenstein in his attempt to explicate the foundations of mathematics through an analysis of its practice. Waismann argues in favor of mathematical intuition and the reality of infinity with a Wittgensteinian twist. Waismann's arguments lead toward an approach to the foundation of mathematics that takes into consideration the language and practice of experts.
Keywords Waismann  Wittgenstein  mathematics  mathematical intuition  infinity
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